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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 689–692

Fast-tuning, low-noise, compact Brillouin/erbium fiber laser

Mo Chen, Zhou Meng, Xiaobo Tu, and Yichi Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 689-692 (2014)

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We demonstrate a fast-tuning Brillouin/erbium fiber laser (BEFL) using 4 m erbium-doped fiber (EDF) as both the Brillouin and erbium gain media. The BEFL frequency is fast tuned via modulating a piezoelectric transducer on which the EDF is coiled. Over 60 MHz frequency-tuning range is obtained at less than 5 V voltage amplitude and the tuning rates can achieve 48 kHz. This fast-tuning BEFL presents a low phase noise of 124dB/Hz1/2 at 1 kHz (normalized to 1 m interferometer optical path difference) with 32 kHz modulating frequency. It presents potential applications in fiber sensors and optical communications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2013
Published: January 30, 2014

Mo Chen, Zhou Meng, Xiaobo Tu, and Yichi Zhang, "Fast-tuning, low-noise, compact Brillouin/erbium fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 39, 689-692 (2014)

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